Gaming News Wrap [22 Apr 2015]

Breakfast Wrap 08Welcome to our little corner of the internet and the daily gaming news wrap we like to call the ‘Gaming News Wrap’. Hey, we’re the undead, do you really expect witty headlines?

PSA: Sony has announced that there will be scheduled maintenance for PSN today (22 April), but it will only affect messaging services. The maintenance starts at 5am and ends at 8am BST (or 6am to 9am SA time).

Games

Star Wars Battlefront will not feature the same level of destruction as Battlefield, with destruction being used “where it make sense”. [via Twitter]
DICE has also said that while the game will get DLC to tie in with the movie, the “amount of content in the game has absolutely zero to do with DLC.”

DriveClub‘s latest update (1.14) is now live and adds – along with a number of fixes – the Ferrari LaFerrari, new multiplayer race replays and more.

Mad Catz has announced that it will co-publish Rock Band 4 with Harmonix. There’s still no confirmed release date, other than this year. [More…]

Metal Gear Online will support up to 16 players on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, while the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain multiplayer will only support 12 players. [More…]

Battlefield 4 will be getting a new weapon according to a report, and it’s the Mare’s Leg lever-action rifle. The weapon will be a secondary weapon and is expected around the end of May.

There’s a hidden battle in Mortal Kombat X which you can unlock by achieving a Flawless Victory in the… if you want to find out, we suggest hitting Kotaku for the spoiler.
Meanwhile, Ed Boon is teasing ‘story pack’ for the game as part of a DLC.

Sales & Discounts

Xbox Live Gold Members will be able to play NBA 2K15 for free from “noon PDT April 24 through 12.01am Monday, April 27.” It’s in celebration of the NBA Playoffs.

This week’s Deals with Gold are live and features Call of Duty Ghosts (Xbox One and Xbox 360), Never Alone (Xbox One), Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and Call of Duty 3 on sale. Details here.

Consoles & Hardware

The latest PS4 firmware update – version 2.51 – is now live and seems to improve system software stability and operation quality. The update weighs in at around 200MB. [More…]

Xbox Avatars are making a return with Windows 10 and more details will be revealed later this week. [via Twitter]

A recently filed trademark suggests Sony is planning to unveil (or develop) a new handheld called the PlayStation Vita 3000. [More…]

Industry

A PlayStation Store survey has indicated possible incentives are coming for those that pre-order games. [More…]

Want to see what Riot Games‘ new office in Los Angeles looks like? Alright then, here you go.

Greg M. Mitchell – who was the cinematics director for the original Gears of War – is leaving Epic Games and joining the new Gears of War developers, Black Tusk Studios. [More…]

Lionhead Studios boss John Needham will now be “overseeing internal development” for various “games and experiences” for both Xbox and Microsoft HoloLens. He will report directly to former Kinect boss Kudo Tsunoda at Microsoft’s Redmond offices. [More…]

Videos

The ‘House of Wolves’ DLC for Destiny has a teaser trailer for a stream that will hosted later today (11am ‘Pacific’ or 8pm SA time to be exact).

The Evil Within‘s second bit of DLC – The Consequence – is now available for Xbox and today for PlayStation in Europe for £7/€10 or as part of the £15/€20 three-pack Season Pass.

Watch Charles Dance (also known as Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones) record his lines for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Get behind the scenes with Guitar Hero Live.

Happy Wars will hit the Xbox One this Friday, so a launch trailer is in order.

King’s Quest goes behind the scenes with The Odd Gentleman, in the first of a four part developer diary for the game.

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